Valkyrie (Rated PG-13)
Gavin Grade: B
Bryan Singer was the director behind one of my favorite movies, "The Usual Suspects." But he hasn't gone back to those roots in a long time. I enjoyed the first two "X-Men" movies, but I longed for the spy/thriller feel again. I was hoping this would've been it, but it only kind of was. I feel like this was a movie that thought it was a lot more important than it really was. This isn't a spoiler alert to anyone with half-a-brain, but the plot to kill Hitler (which is the basis of the movie) didn't work. So in that respect, this true story really isn't as interesting as you'd hope. You can't get attached to the characters too much since you know they're not gonna pull it off. But what is neat about this movie is to watch it and find out where their plan went sour. Another thing that's cool is to play the "How Many Actors from the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies are in this." I got up to 3, although you may not recognize Bill Nighy (he was Davey Jones)! I guess they were having a sale on slightly recognizable British actors. Which brings us to Tom Cruise. Why he's in this is beyond me. It's not that he was bad, but he wasn't great either. That's the story of his life. He's the guy you call when you just want to get the job done. He sticks out like a sore thumb in this as the ONLY non-British person in it. But overall, he's still fine at what he does and that's kind of par for the movie too. It's fine for what it does.